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Sydney, Australia - Rupert Murdoch's Mother Elisabeth Dies At Age 103

Published on: December 5, 2012 05:06 PM
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In photos, Rabbi Chaim Herzog, Shliach of Chabad of Melbourne CBD poses with Dame Elizabeth Murdoch during celebration of her 101 birthday. Rabbi Herzog had a close relationship with Mrs. MurdochSydney, Australia - Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, a prominent Australian philanthropist and mother of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has died at age 103.

News Ltd., the Australian media company headed by her son, confirmed her death.

She died peacefully on Wednesday surrounded by family members in her garden estate outside Melbourne. She had been hospitalized in September after a bad fall in which she broke her leg.

“We have lost the most wonderful mother but we are all grateful to have had her love and wisdom for so many years,” Rupert Murdoch said in a statement issued on behalf of the family.

Rupert, 81, has said that his mother’s long life was evidence that he would be able to continue leading News Corp., the global media company which he founded, for many years.

Dame Elisabeth was a patron of the arts and contributed to an estimated 100 charities annually. She was the wife of Sir Keith Murdoch, a journalist and newspaper publisher, and the mother of four children — Rupert Murdoch, Anne Kantor, Janet Calvert-Jones, and Helen Handbury, who died in 2004.


She has 77 direct descendants, including 50 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Her family said arrangements for a memorial service were still being decided, but that the funeral was expected to be private.

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 Dec 05, 2012 at 05:15 PM proud-mo-israeli Says:

Baruch Dayan Emet


 Dec 05, 2012 at 05:46 PM Applestein Says:

sorry for the loss. I may be a 8th cousin when do they read the will


 Dec 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM Secular Says:

Was she Jewish?


 Dec 05, 2012 at 08:33 PM sounds like a special woman Says:

Was she Jewish?


 Dec 06, 2012 at 12:19 PM wondering Says:

He looks photoshopped into that picture.
Also, does he befriend and "take" pictures alone with many elderly women or only very wealthy non-Jewish ones?


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